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Monday, 13 February 2017

Gina K Designs – February Inspiration Blog Hop – Day 1


Good afternoon! Welcome to another fabulous blog hop celebrating the new stamp release for February by the Gina K designs illustrator team! We hope to inspire you with some beautiful card projects as you hop along to each of the designer’s blogs! Today, we are featuring the stamp sets by Melanie Muenchinger and Theresa Momber.
http://www.shop.ginakdesigns.com/category.sc?categoryId=16

For my card above I used Melanie's Fabulous Flowers. I stamped the lineart images first in a frame arrangement onto white card stock and then filled in with the solid images, using a rock and roll technique to get two shades of ink on each stamp. I added a little outlining with copics and matted it with Turquoise Sea cardstock, also from Gina K. I love how it turned out.

For my second card for Melanie's set, I tried the Black Magic technique - if you are new to that see Gina's excellent video here. Again I couldn't get away from the floral frame idea.
If you were at the release party the other night, you might have seen this card also using Fabulous Flowers - this time I used only the line images and clear embossed them onto white card stock, before letting loose with the sponges and Gina K Inks.

Now for some cards I made using Theresa's new set, Framescape - Simply Spring.
Theresa's new set features a frame stamp which is designed to fit on a 4.25 by 5.5 inch card, but I wanted to see if I could make it into a square - I like square cards sometimes and it gave me another option for using this set. I did it by inking up one side of the frame to a little under half way and stamping that, and then inking the other side and stamping it slightly over the first impression to complete the square. I found it actually quite easy and was able to eyeball the lining up, but I'll bet if you have a Misti tool or similar you could do this by simply sliding the card across. I then sponged my scene in springy colours - and added a few flowers and some foliage in copic marker. I decided to sponge the cardfront also to reflect the scene. The actual scene is popped up on a black mat.
You don't have to use the complete scene stamp every time either, you can use a snippet of it like I did here - I cut out a window aperture with a craft knife and popped in a slice of the scene behind it. I added a few tulips - also from the set right in front of the 'window' to help the perspective.
Theresa's set comes with a host of little add on stamps, which can be used on their own, I used the two hot air balloon images to make this masculine themed card and gift tag set. This is such a versatile set!

I really hope you have enjoyed the samples, if you have any questions, just pop me a comment here and I will answer you!

It's time to go now and enjoy the gorgeous inspiration samples from the rest of the team - don't forget to comment on each blog for your chance to win a $20 Gina K Designs gift certificate! To see who won, check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hop. Ready for some inspiration? Here are a few of the projects I have created for today’s hop:

Gina K
Melanie Muenchinger - Illustrator for Fabulous Flowers
Theresa Momber - Illustrator for Framescape – Simply Spring
Cathy Tidwell
Chris Dayton
Claire Brennan (you are here)
Donna Idlet
Karen Hightower
Laurie Schmidlin
Sean Fetterman
Sheri Gilson
Silke Ledlow
Susie Moore


Don’t forget to pop over to the Gina K Designs Store and check out all of the new products available this month in the “What’s New” section at http://www.ginakdesigns.com.
Thank you for stopping by!

67 comments:

  1. Claire, your cards are so beautiful and creative! I love your ideas. That window card is stunning!

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  2. Wonderful cards and great new stamp sets! I love how you "framed" your first 2 cards with flowers!

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    1. Thanks for the kind comments Lagene! :)

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  3. Beautiful cards! Love the one done with black magic technique - it is outstanding!

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  4. What a fabulous stop on the hop ! I love your use of color and your cards are so cheerful ! TFS and *blessings!*

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    1. Thank you so much, I really appreciate you stopping by!

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  5. Nice cards...always love the use of a black background

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    1. Thanks Candy, yep it's very eye catching!

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  6. Love the new stamp sets. A lot of new favorites.

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  7. Claire, all your creations are fantastic! <3 I love the Just A Note Card, with the window. Very pretty and perfect with the scene. :) I love the cards with Melanie set as well. So many beautiful flowers and great designs! <3 :)

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    1. Ah thanks Karen! Great sets to work with!

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  8. These are wonderful cards! I love the window you cut out using part of the Framescapes set. The flower cards are gorgeous.

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    1. Many thanks Lisa, I appreciate your kind words!

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  9. Love all of the colors you used on these cards!

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  10. I LOVE your floral frames. That is a favorite stamping look!

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    1. Thanks Heidi, yep I couldn't get past frames for Melanie's set! :)

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  11. So many inspiring cards, really like the window card!

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  12. Uh-oh. I'm having a hard time picking a favorite. I choose one, and then I scroll down and find another favorite. Beautiful cards. How about a tie? The "thanks" card with the wonderful inking and white embossed images and the window card. Or . . .

    Thank you for sharing all of these.

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  13. Love that you were able to make a square card with the frame stamp. And the scene peeking through the window is so cute. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. Wow, these cards are stunning - really love your birthday card and your cleverly designed 'just a note' card. Thanks for sharing:)

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  15. Amazing blending on your cards. they are just striking. Love the orange / purple one.

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  16. How clever you are! I love all of the cards - especially the window frame.

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  17. Such beautiful ways to use these stamps. Especially like the window.

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  18. These are such pretty cards. I especially like the black majic. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Gorgeous cards. TFS your great ideas and versatility of these stamps

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  20. I love all your cards and ideas! Especially like the black magic card.

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  21. WOW! They are all great cards. I really like the one with the black magic technique.

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  22. Awesome cards! Love the window card along with the frames! Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Beautiful cards! I loved all of these!

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  24. What a wonderful array of gorgeous cards you made. I just love all of them.

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  25. Claire,
    Your cards are beautiful and elegant! I would like to frame all of them! So tastefully done. The window card is really different. You expand the creativity of both cards sets. Thank you

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  26. I love how you used these stamp sets. You always have very creative ideas.

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  27. Beautiful cards, Claire! Love them all!

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  28. Love how colorful your cards are - Thanks

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  29. You really got a lot out of these two sets. Thanks for such great inspiration.

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  30. Love them all but in particular your ink blending with gina's ink. I must try this!

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  31. Such interesting and unique ways to use the Stamp sets. They turn out just gorgeous.

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  32. Beautiful cards Claire! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  33. Lovin that first card. It's so awesome. You guys are talented...keep teaching me please

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  34. I love your super cute cards, Claire. Just beautiful.

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  35. Love your JUST A NOTE card !!!

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  36. So creative and such beautiful designs. Love how you made all of the cards but I especially like one of your scenes for spring.

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  37. Oh my goodness. What specular cards. Holy goodness. Your coloring, your talent equals a whole lot of goodness. Thank you for sharing.

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  38. Well, Wow! You have definitely the creative flair! The balloons separately in their own little colorful oval are amazing! Your flowers are beautifully colored and arranged. I love the window card! The embossed flowers are gorgeous! Your square take on a rectangular stamp is pure genius! TYFS!!!

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  39. Lovely card designs with these new stamps.

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  40. Love your cards, my favs are the orange one and the window one! So awesome!

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  41. I really can't decide which of your cards I love the most. They are all spectacular!

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  42. I love all your cards, but I especially love what you did with the frame set! Beautiful!!

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  43. Claire your cards are just so beautiful! I truly love your designs and love what you did with the simply spring set! Would love for you to link these gorgeous cards up in my weekly challenge! I have an always anything goes challenge every Friday with lots of prizes up for grabs! Check it out through my blog link below!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Hugs,
    Jo
    ♥ Jo's Scrap Shack ♥

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  44. Ooooooooo, I like your ideas! The little bit of an additional color in the framed stamped card makes all the difference! So nice. Thank you for sharing.

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  45. beautiful cards!! I like the different ways you used them!

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  46. Oh it's sooooo Springy on your Blog. Such beauty! Loving the happy colors and your beautiful cards!

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  47. You did a nice job with these ideas.

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  48. Very lovely cards. The flowers are so pretty and I like your window idea so much.

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  49. Amazing cards Claire!! My absolute favorite is your black magic card! I was just watching the video a few days ago and have to try it! !

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  50. Lovely cards great inspiration Thanks

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  51. Very nice. I especially like the card with the scene thru the window!

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  52. Claire your cards are beautiful! I love all the techniques you used in all of your cards! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  53. These are absolutely beautiful. Love the sponging and the colouring.

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Thanks for taking the time to comment, :) I read them all and I appreciate you taking time to visit!